Visit the Red Lotus Lake in Udon Thani

One of the highlights of visiting Udon Thani province in northeastern Thailand is the so-called “Red Lotus Sea” or Talay Bua Daeng (ทะเลบัวแดง) in Thai. Really it is a lake and not a sea. Also, they are pink water-lilies and not red lotuses. But, regardless of these small details, it is an amazing sight that can be enjoyed during the cool season from late November until early March. The best time of day to visit is during the morning, the earlier the better when the water lilies are in full bloom. The best month is said to be in January when the lilies cover a much larger area. I went there recently at the end of November and was quite impressed with the amount of flowers. The weather was certainly perfect with a lovely cool breeze.

Nong Han Kumphawapi lake is still relatively unknown among foreign tourists. This is mainly because there is no direct public transport to the lake. This is despite it being only about an hour from Udon Thani city. If you do decide to explore this province, I would suggest hiring a car at the airport. That way you can visit some of the other out of the way destinations in the province. You can hire boats from a pier in Ban Diem, at the northern end of the lake (see google map below).

We arrived at the lake at about 8:00 am. I thought we were early but some people were already coming back from their trip across the lake. At the boat landing you have a choice of boats. The big boats can take up to eight people and cost 300 Baht for the short route and 500 Baht for the 90 minute longer route. We went for the latter. Alternatively, you can go on a smaller boat, like above and below, for 100 Baht per person for the shorter route and 150 Baht per person for the longer route.

 

9 thoughts on “Visit the Red Lotus Lake in Udon Thani

  • December 2, 2017 at 7:34 am
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    Did you visit the large Chinese Museum/Garden Park with a lake and Chinese temple in the city centre. I think that is more impressive than those in China, my most memorable place in Udon Thani

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  • December 2, 2017 at 8:31 pm
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    Been there twice, plan to go again 😏❤️

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  • December 6, 2017 at 2:06 pm
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    Suggest stay at a resort only 0.5 km from Red Lotus Lake where you catch the boat. Cute little cabins for 650B/night. Good reviews on TripAdvisor.

    “Graham & Donlaya Homestay” 081-775-4208. Can reserve on Agoda also.

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  • December 6, 2017 at 6:48 pm
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    A newly-opened (October 2017), and considerably upscale resort is 20m from the lake where the boat rentals are. Name is Mader Bua (Isaan language for “come to the lotus”). Includes guest rooms, detached cottages, restaurant and coffee shop/bakery. Rates run 1250B to 2500B per night and high season starts Jan. 1. No reviews yet on ‘net.
    Phone: 091-763-7382
    Facebook: MA DER BUA
    LINE: mader-bua

    Since the best views of the lotus blossoms are earlier in the morning (6:00-11:00am), I personally prefer staying closer to the Red Lotus Lake rather than facing a long hour drive from Udon in the morning.

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    • January 17, 2018 at 10:40 pm
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      John Davies…..we took your recommendation and …WOW…our Ma Der Bua stay was incredible. They arranged for transport from the airport. The rooms were so nice – and the hospitality from the family was amazing. We walked to the pier to get our tickets the next morning….and then transport was arranged after our incredible journey to see the flowers. Such a treat. We hope Ma Der Bua gets posted on TripAdvisor …but also hope the owners remember their early customers so we can get a room when we return. We’ve traveled a lot …. never seen something like the Red Lotus Lake ..ever!

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  • December 17, 2017 at 10:48 am
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    How long does it take from train udon thani to red lotus?

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    • December 17, 2017 at 11:24 am
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      Not easy as there’s no direct public transport. You will have to hire a driver or car.

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      • December 17, 2017 at 11:26 am
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        Do you have any suggestion how i should go to red lotus udon thani from bangkok?

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